Groundhog Day (1993)

Mike / August 6th, 2010

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  • Liam Gauci

    August 6, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Love this movie. As usual Murray dominates every scene he’s in.

  • Butch Bitch

    August 6, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Good review, Great movie. However, I could never really get into it because there was a time when my mom watched it over and over, and it drove me crazy! it was as if I was IN Groundhog Day.

  • bick.benedict

    August 6, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Saw it in the theaters when it came out. Stands the test of time. Great movie.

  • Shaggy

    August 6, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    OMGG.. I was planning to see this movie πŸ˜€
    You read my mind πŸ™‚
    Cool.. now I can find out more about the movie πŸ™‚ eh

  • Nintendo_Master

    August 6, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    I watched that film a while ago, it really is good. I especially like the part where he just goes insane and does what ever the hell he wants, for example the scene where he drove off a cliff with the groundhog. That was classic.

  • Seiryu

    August 6, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Funny how you mention a lot of people not seeing the film because it had a quiet release, and you also gave this video a pretty quiet release by not putting it at the top of the front page and releasing it right before the new AVGN video. I actually didn’t even notice it being here until just now, and I am guessing that a lot of other people still aren’t aware it’s here given how few comments there are on it.

  • bend3r

    August 6, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    This movie was the inspiration for the movie I made in high school. It was a combination of Groundhog Day and Little Red Riding Hood, called Grandmothers Day. I played Roy Hood, who had to get a present to his grandmother, but kept dieing on the journey. Every time Roy died he would wake up and try to avoid what had previously killed him, eventually making it to his grandmothers house. It had murder, accidents, suicide and of course, being eaten by a wolf. Good times!

  • August 6, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Nice to see a review of this film. I remember watching it a lot as a kid, and I still have a soft spot for it.

  • GoldRoger

    August 6, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    One of the greatest movies from the 90s. Bill Murray at his best. I watched this movie so many times it felt like a Groundhog Day.

    James it was a cool review but you should have mentioned NED RYERSON, or at least his greatest lines.

  • August 6, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Looks funny! I wonder if you’ll review other Bill Murray movies like Stripes and Scrooged.

  • Shaggy

    August 6, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    I have to admit.. my favorite Bill Murray film(asside from Ghostbusters .. lol) is Quick Change.Maybe it’s not one of his most known ones.. but I simply adore that movie, and the way he tricks the police.. and his plan fails by a simple car horn. πŸ˜€

  • CessnaDriver

    August 6, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    One of my favorite films of all time. I always take Groundhog Day off from work! LOL I think Rod Serling would have really enjoyed it too.

    Have a look at one of my prized possessions…..

    http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii44/CessnaDriver/IMG_4284.jpg

  • CaptnHowdy

    August 6, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    I think it was harold ramis that said he had a theory that Phil had been reliving that day for hundreds maybe thousands of years. i guess in the film they just left that alone.

  • Austintayeshus

    August 7, 2010 at 1:20 am

    I must agree.

    I saw this in the theater when I was 12 and, even then, I had the foresight to realize it was more than just a goofy comedy (though it’s that too).

    I do wish your review was longer, but that’s only for selfish reasons because I’d love to hear you talk about specific aspects of it.

    Favorite line: ‘ARE ANY OF YOU UP FOR ADOPTION!?!?!?!’

    Alternately: ‘Don’t drive angry! DON’T DRIVE ANGRY!!!!’
    *pause amidst chaos*
    ‘You gotta check your mirrors. Side of the eye… side of the eye.’

    *truck plummets over cliff*
    ‘He might be Ok.’
    *truck explodes*
    ‘Well, no, probably not now.’

    I consider it kind of a ‘lost’ classic personally. One of the greats, in the little scrapbook in my head.

    ~Austin

  • syrells

    August 7, 2010 at 1:49 am

    Hey James, you may want to check out a short film called 12:01 PM. It was made in 1990, stars Kurtwood Smith, and is based around the same conceptβ€”a man keeps reliving the same hour repeatedly. It is, however, much more serious. It’s pretty good and I would recommend it to anyone.

    Anyways, great review!

  • Karate Kid Icarus

    August 7, 2010 at 2:29 am

    Not a bad review…but you should’ve used it on Groundhog’s Day. Either way its good to see you putting out reviews again at a good rate.

    Can’t wait for the next one.

  • Crowbar

    August 7, 2010 at 7:01 am

    Ah, yes, one of my favourite movies starring Bill Murray. And a great review.

  • mjmalmsteen

    August 7, 2010 at 7:22 am

    This movie reminds me of The X-Files episode from season 6 called Monday. Where everyday Mulder wakes up it’s Monday 7:15 and no matter what he does the end result of the day is always the same he dies in a bank explosion. He has to keep reliving that day again and again until the end result is different. Good stuff I do live this movie,when he punches that one guy in the face with the glasses.

  • towt

    August 7, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Kinda funny. I’m not sure why, but DirectTV for while, at least on the channels my relatives subscribed to, had that on every night when I actually wanted to watch TV. Admittedly, my relatives had a bare-bones channel package, but i felt like I was in groundhog day being forced to watch it night after night. At one point, I saw the movie on three times in a row.

  • pro_thizz

    August 7, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I think most people already seen this movie besides the younger generation. great movie, i remember they used to play it on tv all the time.

  • IDaCashman

    August 7, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    I feel, James, that you have been wanting to do this review for a long time. Good to see you didn’t wait till Groundhog Day. Next up…have you ever reviewed a Gamera movie?

  • strint519

    August 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    This was a nice gem to find on the site today. I can still remember renting this on my buddies 13th bday when it came out. Really a great movie all in all. Cool choice of topic for review.

    PS – Bill Murray is joining the NBA

  • SirSexySeb

    August 7, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    This is very freaky, I just finished watching Groundhog Day and now I come on cinemassacre and see James did a review about it O.O

  • Draxo

    August 7, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    This is one of my favorite movies of all time. Great to see you enjoyed it too.

  • Paronfesken

    August 8, 2010 at 12:57 am

    I love this movie, they made a Swedish movie like this called “Naken” (nude) πŸ˜€

    Andie McDowell is sooo hot

  • August 8, 2010 at 2:14 am

    I remember watching this film when I was really young and I was totally freaked out, how could this happen?

  • jm_superskater

    August 8, 2010 at 2:15 am

    I live 10 minutes away from where this was filmed! lol im there pretty much every week

  • zoslize

    August 8, 2010 at 7:18 am

    i don’t get it, i really don’t…i wish i did… i’ve seen this movie 5 times, because of school and yeah it’s cute n’ all that but one of the greats? how so? it’s really not That great is it…is it?

  • August 8, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    I always thought Phil never went to sleep on the night he was arrested. I assumed the cell door slamming followed by the smash cut to the alarm going off meant the door closed right at 6:00 am and the day simply reset again.

  • August 8, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Ramis says on the DVD that Phil lived the same day for about ten years. I can totally relate to that one.

  • August 9, 2010 at 1:28 am

    I just watched this movie… before I came to the site. Deja vu!

  • andysutherland

    August 9, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    I remember seeing this at the theater when it first came out. Most people I know hate the film but I love it.

  • Nightshade

    August 9, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Great review and the Groundhog day is a really silly celebration

  • Mansondevil33

    August 9, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    When I was a kid in the 90s, Bill Murray was always my favorite actor (even before I saw Ghostbusters, which I saw quite recently, actually) and this was always one of my favorite. Only second to Scrooged (both are completely underrated). Glad you reviewed this one.

  • Crust

    August 9, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Another fantastic addition to your library, James. This is also another video of yours that showcases a major influence during my youth. I saw it in the theater in 10th grade. This movie is utterly fascinating on top of being brilliantly funny for countless reasons. I sometimes discuss with my friends and students how many years Phil was stuck in his time loop. I submit it was centuries. πŸ˜‰

  • Ultra Magnus

    August 9, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    my dad took me and my sister to see this in the theater, One of the all time greats.

  • August 10, 2010 at 3:39 am

    To me this is a classic except for Rita. She’s not likeable enough for her to be a satisfying motivation to inspire any sort of change in Phil. But I love that the movie has so quickly embedded itself into the pop culture, that the phrase “Groundhog Day” is like “Catch-22” or “Rashomon” where you refer to it and everybody knows what you mean.

  • August 11, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Not much of a review James, more like a summary. πŸ™

  • August 12, 2010 at 7:14 am

    Groundhog Day just doesn’t get old, watch it like 2-3 times a year.

    However, the fun part in that movie is that there are no consequences, therefore the thought of parallel universes where people have to live with his decisions doesn’t sound healthy.

  • SquirrelCheese

    August 12, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Good movie.

  • SyCoDEVIL13

    August 12, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I may be the only person who leaves comments on this site that DOESN’T like Groundhog Day. It has its moments, but I felt like I was stuck watching the same thing over, and over, and over, and over, again. After Bill Murray does the same thing about 3 times in a row, I just got sick of the movie. I didn’t see any moral value to the movie, I didn’t think it was that funny, I was confused on why he was stuck repeating everything, and I was bored. If this is one of those movies that I need to see again to fully understand then I will maybe give it another watch (except Caddyshack, did not like that one) but for now, Groundhog Day is a disappointment.

  • striljr

    August 14, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    seriously you should review Goonies!!! it’s so nostalgic!!! but otherwise I do agree this movie was a real sleeper hit. and I always enjoy watching it. and I was one of the lucky ones to be able to see it in theaters!

  • August 17, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Yep, you know what the good movies are! Of course this is one of them.

    Do they make movies like this anymore?

  • Myxomatosis

    August 23, 2010 at 12:15 am

    As usual, great review. Love your videos because not only do you get a great laugh; you actually learn something.

  • beema

    August 25, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    such a great movie

  • HommyB

    August 27, 2010 at 10:41 am

    The funniest line is ‘watch the first step, it’s a Doozie~’ or was it something else?

  • C-Note

    August 28, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    This movie is great,I realy enjoyed it.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    September 17, 2010 at 2:20 am

    Ahh Groundhog Day, it is SUCH a weird movie, huh? You really don’t expect it to be about it what it ends up being about. It’s nice though how the character finally learns something over the course of it.

    Good review, James!

  • kamatemate

    October 14, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    i love this movie clever idea ’bout the altnate things

  • kawamura2

    October 18, 2010 at 1:51 am

    I love this film. I love how it takes Phil and starts him out as a complete bastard, then by the end, he has done a complete 180 and you actually seamlessly go from liking the snarky, assholish Phil, to liking the character because he grows and becomes a good, decent guy. I always wondered though, how long he was in that repeat cycle, because at the end of the film, he went from not knowing how to play the piano, to becoming a virtuoso at it. Considering it takes years to master the piano…..geeze

    I also liked the alternate time line hypothesis you came up with. I actually thought along those same lines myself, like what if all of the bad things he did stuck in alternate realities, and people had to deal with the shitstorm he left behind? Plus, he would most certainly be in jail in quite a few of them, not to mention dead from the numerous suicide attempts lol. All in all, great movie, great comedy, and one that actually makes you think.

  • D-Tron

    October 18, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    What a fantastic movie. Great review, James and most definitely watch this movie if you haven’t. If you didn’t like it the first time, give it another try. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Cinemassacre, keeping nostalgia alive since 2004 … I think.

  • donignacio

    October 22, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    I know I saw it at least two times in theaters, one time with my friend and another time with my parents. I would have been 10 years old… But of course I still love it to this day, and watched the crap out of it.

  • Hourglass

    October 24, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Know what’s ironic about this movie?
    You can see on TV on just about any day of the year EXCEPT Groundhog Day.

    One of my favorite movies, still. It’s as funny now as it was when it came out.

  • BraveSirBevier

    November 10, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Heya James,

    I believe you posed a question if he would stay up and if he would still reset. There is a scene where he does stay up late with his female co-worker. They stay up until midnight and she expects him to disappear. However, he mentions that it doesn’t reset until 6 AM (a full 24 hour day).

  • November 11, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    I watched it in the movies by chance, one of those days your mom takes you out too see anything and this turned out to be really fun.
    I remember I complained before because it had a weird name yet so many years later and I still remember this movie with a smile.

  • November 11, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    I’ve always loved Groundhog Day. I’d say it’s my 2nd favorite time travel comedy behind Back to the Future.

    My only comment that might possibly be construed as a complaint is that if you’ve seen it once, it feels like you’ve seen it several times.

  • Lort

    November 22, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    This is one of my favorite Bill Murray movies, despite the fact that Andie MacDowell is in it. God, that woman is a shitty actor.

  • mosaic.wav

    January 22, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    I saw this movie when I was pretty young, probably when I was around ten years old or so. Even back then, I appreciated what the movie was trying to say and really sympathized with the character. I never understood why anyone celebrated Groundhog Day, and I’m sure many people would go through some of the same reactions Phil did. Especially the few scenes with him trying to save the homeless man from dying, only to realize it was inevitable and instead trying to make his last moments as comfortable and happy as he could. I haven’t seen it since, but I think I’ll go back and have a watch one of these days. I’ve never forgotten how deep and even philosophic this movie is, but I bet I’ll be able to enjoy it even more (as you said with Ghostbusters, a lot of Bill Murray’s humor is lost watching him at a younger age, but it brings a new element to the same films we used to love when we revisit them as adults.)

  • Rasengan999

    February 1, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    This is my number one favorite Bill Murray movie. Yes, yes, Ghostbusters I know. But, really, I like Ghostbusters, but it was never as good as I was expecting it to be. I want it to be awesome, but for me, it just…well..it’s just good. I like it like any other movie, but it doesn’t really stand out to me. Sorry James, I know how much you like it.

    Anyway, Groundhog Day is my favorite Bill Murray movie. I’m not really gonna explain why, because you can read all the reasons in the other comments, and see them in the video.

    Oh, and James, I can’t help but wonder…The alt. time line idea. It seems as if you may have gotten that from Back to the Future. And, well, even if you didn’t plan it that way, perhaps when watching G-Day, you subconsciously thought of it because you are so attached to BTTF. Just like all of us. Well, actuallt, my favorite Christopher Lloyd movie is Who Framed Ro-Haha, ok, just kidding. It’s BTTF. Roger Rabit is my 3rd favorite, 2nd it Tremors the Series. Anyway, I’ve made the people reading this read too long, so, bye-bye. You may now rest your eyes.

  • Rasengan999

    February 1, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Hey guy, look what I found on imdb. It was under trivia:

    “On the DVD, Harold Ramis states that the original idea was for him to live February 2nd for about 10,000 years. Later he says that Phil probably lived the same day for about 10 years.”

    So there you go, 10 years. But, man, originally 10,000 years!! 10,000!! That is just CRUEL! Phil was NOT that mean!! That, is like, a freaking taste of H*LL!! I mean COME ON! 10,000years!!!

  • February 3, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I love this movie. One of my favorites of all time. I think I even saw it like 3 times in the theater when it came out.
    Great review james!

  • natethegreat911

    March 6, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Awesome movie. Loved the movie when I was a kid

  • obliterator

    June 17, 2011 at 1:05 am

    Man, this movie is simply perfect, it’s the simplicity made picture, not great budget, not great amount of actors, it’s all in the same town, it could have been made for a theatrical play and have worked anyway.

    Great performance of old bill murray, maybe the best. Do you see his movie with the elephant? that was awesome too.

    And his appearance in zombieland was fantastic too.

  • LicaWolf

    November 1, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I LOVE Groundhog day. It was the movie that my family would rent when there was nothing new at the video store, so we rented a movie we already knew was enterteining. It had been years since I watched it the last time, but still I remember it with affection.

    The idea of getting stuck over and over again in the same routine is frustrating, but I admit I always envied the idea of having the time to learn all the stuff I want to learn (Like Phil in the movie, that learnt French, took piano classes and learnt how to sculpt in ice).

    That theory about him creating different timelines everytime he came back in time was interesting.

    As a curious note, I read somewhere that Phil was supposed to be stuck in that time loop for 40 years (!).

  • deabreu

    November 18, 2011 at 8:38 am

    moral of the story: you need to sleep with your boss in order to move on with your life

  • April 18, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Love this movie, and lost count of how many times I saw it already.

  • Joel Compton

    May 28, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Love this movie its all about my birthday!!

  • August 12, 2013 at 6:18 am

    I laughed a lot, a hole lot with this movie

  • August 13, 2013 at 10:04 am

    I really do agree about this being a great film; my only issue with it was that it seemed to be the only movie my school had on VHS, so any time we had a free class with no teacher we’d get to watch Groundhog Day… AGAIN. And I don’t think we ever saw it through to the end, my half-assed teachers just started it and left us till the class was over. It wasn’t until years later that I saw the ending, though that was some time ago now, I really ought to re-watch it as it never seem to air any more.

  • lance2011

    February 7, 2014 at 8:47 am

    The 1st time I ever saw Groundhog Day was wean I booted up Crackle on my Sony 3D Blu-ray for the 1st time and I Loved it.

  • matthew marcinko

    February 7, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Being that February 2nd happens to be my birthday, Groundhog Day has always been especially personal to me! That being said, I’m surprised a lot of people, even those who love the film, still don’t “get it” as far as why the day repeats over and over.

    What we have here is the same predicament Bill Murray finds himself in with the movie “Scrooged”. Just as in that film, Murray plays a character who’s not very nice, and so, external forces take action to teach him a lesson and force him to straighten up. While this is made abundantly clear in “Scrooged”, it’s only implied for the viewer to figure out for themselves in “Groundhog Day”. At first, Murray goes through all the stages, disbelief, despair, personal gain, but soon, he makes a conscious choice to be a better person. When he finally becomes the good person he ought to be, the “curse” is lifted, with whatever “higher power” doing this to him finally satisfied that Murray has changed his ways enough to allow him to get on with life.

    I do have one theory about “who” might be responsible: The elderly black bartender we see at the bar room, who never utters a word, but just by his facial expressions alone, you can tell whether he approves or disapproves of what Murray says or does. It’s my guess that this “bartender” is the “watcher”, if not the actual instigator, of the time flux. When he finally sees how good Murray has become to other people, we see he looks on approvingly, and allows February 2nd to finally pass.

    In any event, “Groundhog Day” is among Bill Murray’s finest and most under rated work of his career. I’m glad this film was made.

  • Taylor Hastings

    February 8, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Bill Murray rocks in this movie.

  • Darkhawk85

    February 2, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    There is actually a deleted scene, not sure if it was filmed or not, but the original premise was that a jilted lover of Phils who works for the same news channel places a curse on him just before he leaves to go on location.

  • MadHitz

    February 6, 2015 at 2:05 am

    Hey James, would you be interested in making a review of “Scrooged”? It’s such an underrated Christmas classic.

  • August 23, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    James voice sounds pretty tired. Maybe too much recording that day?

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